Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects

The Japanese Government offers small scale grants for development projects in order to meet the diverse needs of the vulnerable communities and people. "Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP)” supports projects proposed by various organizations such as non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and municipalities. The goal of GGP is to improve the livelihood of socially and economically vulnerable people.

What is GGP?

The Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Program (GGP) was established to assist NGOs and local public authorities to implement small-scale projects directly benefiting the people at grassroots level as well as contributing to the socio-economic development. In Lebanon, 283 GGP projects have been supported by various organizations since 1996, that has so far amounted to more than 24 million U.S. dollars.

Size of Grant
The grant amount per project does not exceed 10 million JPY (approximately 90,000 US dollars in 2020). Please note that the following budget items cannot be financed; taxes (VAT, custom fees), personnel expenses, fuel, travel expenses, per diem charges, vaccine, expendable supplies, books, regular vehicles, electronic device (i.g. personal computers), bank charge, and other administrative and operational costs for the organization.

N.B.: The exact amount of the funding in US dollars varies depending on the exchange rate from yen to US dollars in each fiscal year (starting April of every year). Also, demining projects have a different funding scheme, which goes beyond the maximum amount of the GGP grant. Please consult with the Embassy for this matter.

Past Projects
*Click here to further details regarding the past projects.

Our Priorities and Areas of Assistance

The GGP aims to meet the basic human needs of socially and economically vulnerable people and to improve the livelihoods of deprived communities at the grass-roots levels. GGP can cover the cost of rehabilitation of facilities (school, health care center, water networks etc.) and provision of essential equipment. GGP projects may include training in use of donated equipment or capacity building for stakeholders, which are essential to the process of achieving the goal of the GGP project.

Our priority Areas are:
•Environment (Waste Management and Water)
•Demining and UXO clearance

Applications are screened with the following criteria:
•Direct impact on livelihoods for beneficiaries
•Relevance to basic human needs

N.B.: Particular attention is given to the assistance to refugees and their host communities.

Eligible Recipients

The GGP targets the following organizations that implement development projects at grass-roots level.

•Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs)
•Local Authorities (Municipalities, Union of Municipalities)
•Private Schools and Semi-Public Schools
•Medical Institutions (i.g. Hospitals and, Dispensaries)

Each organization should have at least 2 years of experience in the field of the project scopes.

In principle, central governmental agencies or international organizations are not eligible for the GGP. For the project with public schools, either NGO or local authority (municipality or union of municipalities) should apply for the grant on behalf of the public schools.

How to Apply

If you are interested in GGP, please submit an application form to the Embassy of Japan in Lebanon.

When submitting your application form, please note the followings:

1) In selecting projects for funding, the Government of Japan places a high priority on the impact and sustainability of the project. First and foremost, you must convince the Embassy that your organization is capable for managing the project and the impact of the project will last for at least five years. A detailed description of the past achievements of your organization would therefore be appreciated.

2) The Government of Japan cannot provide funding for salaries, electronic equipment (including personal computers and generators), and other indirect costs (including running costs). The operations of the project must therefore be independently financed by your organization. In order to convince the Embassy that you can maintain the project, you must show that you have sufficient funds to cover running costs.

Application Period
The call for applications starts the first day of the fiscal year, 1st of April and close at 4 pm of 14 June.

Required Documents to submit
All documents must be in English or accompanied with an English translation. Applications without required documents may be considered invalid. 
  • Application Form;
  • Draft budget document for the coming fiscal year;
  • Three price quotations from different suppliers for equipment or services to be funded by GGP;
  • Three price quotations for auditing service from different certified auditors or auditing firms (Please inquire the Embassy for providing information on auditing companies if necessary);
  • Government acknowledgment of your organization
  • Income statements for last 2 years (2018, 2019)
  • Explanatory materials of your organization (i.g. brochers)
  • Location information of the project site (i.e printed map)
  • Any other supporting documents to your application (permits from the concerned authorities, preliminary survey for the project, etc.)
After a careful screening at the Embassy, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

N.B.: Pro forma estimates must be supplied for each budget item so that we can ensure value for money. Estimates from three different suppliers should be submitted wherever possible. In certain circumstances (e.g., in emergency situations, or where there are only a limited number of suppliers), the Embassy may waive the requirement for three separate estimates.

All the required documents should be submitted to the GGP Section at the Embassy by 16:00, 14 June 2020 (either by post or email).
If the volume of the attachment file is over 10 MB, please divide it into several emails.

For further inquiries or information please contact the Embassy of Japan in Lebanon:
Telephone: 01-98 97 51 ext. 402 or 118